Sunday, May 14, 2006

Tourist Assault Bike

Highgear is ready to put together the custom bike you've always wanted. Here's a Ritchey Break-Away that's almost ready for action. The Ritchey Break-Away is actually a travel bike. The owner ordered this one for the express purpose of riding the Cape Argus in Cape Town, South Africa, and for making another, more successful attempt at the l'Etape du Tour. It's steel with plenty of obscure kit – just the way James likes it.


The Break-Away disassembles in minutes and fits neatly inside of a 23x66x73.5cm (9x26x29in), travel bag, which means you don't pay the oversized baggage fee at the airport ticket counter.


Ritchey’s exclusive, investment cast lugs and patent-pending, chromoly compression coupling are the keys to this new design. The lugs securely grip the seatpost in two places and join the upper portion of the main triangle to the rear.


On the downtube, near the bottom bracket, the compression coupling forms the lower connection for the front and rear triangles. The coupler clamps unobtrusively around small flanges on the downtube. This system adds less than 100 grams to the weight of the bike.


Ritchey WCS compact crank: because nobody wants to push a 53/11 on vacation...


Tektro R750 dual-pivot brakes in yummy carbon...


FSA RD-600 clincher rims with unique center flange...


The Tioga Spyder saddle is light, very narrow (123mm), and almost as comfortable as it looks...

1 comment:

Jim said...

James, NICE BIKE!!! Steel is real, and good luck in south africa.